UNLV got off to an early lead, but a strong second half performance gave Houston the win.
UNLV: A hard-hitting former defender who moved over to fullback during spring practice … Listed No. 1 at the fullback spot heading into fall … Switched back into his jersey No. 7 after spending the 2014 season wearing No. 36 (the Battle Born Jersey) … Grew up around the Rebel program as his father served as the UNLV strength and conditioning coach from 1993-2005 and his uncle Rob worked in the athletic department and is currently an associate commissioner at Conference USA … Named Academic All-Mountain West in both 2013 and ‘14 … Made the UNLV Dean’s Honor List in spring 2014 and spring 2015.
2014: Played in 12 games, including starting the first four at linebacker … Finished with 32 total tackles and grabbed his first career interception, which he returned nine yards at Houston on Sept. 20.
2013: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 13 games on defense and on special teams … Named Co-Special Teams Player of the Year … Totaled 12 tackles, including his first collegiate QB sack.
2012: Redshirted season … A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, which ranked him the No. 5 recruit overall from the state of Nevada … One of three local signees in the 2012 class … Chose UNLV over offers from New Mexico, Navy and Montana.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of national football powerhouse Bishop Gorman HS … Started as a linebacker under coach Tony Sanchez … Named first team all-state in 2010 and second team in 2011 … Finished with 59 tackles, six sacks and 11 PBU as a senior and turned in 89 tackles and two interceptions as a junior … Helped the Gaels win three consecutive state championships and compile a record of 43-3 from 2009-11 … During his senior year, BGHS finished 15-1 and ranked fifth in the nation by USA TODAY.
PERSONAL: Marc Philippi is the son of Mark and Tracey Philippi … The oldest of five children, he has a sister, McKayla and three brothers: Zachary, Jacque and Wynn … His parents run PSI (Philippi Sports Institute), which is an elite performance training facility located in Las Vegas … His mother was a multi-sport high school star and is a member of the Butte (MT) Sports Hall of Fame … His father played football at Montana Tech and went on to coach there and on the high-school level before joining UNLV … One of the world’s top powerlifters, Mark Philippi competed in multiple Strongest Man competitions on ESPN, earning the title America’s Strongest Man in 1997 … Has three uncles that coach football, including Kevin Peoples, who is the defensive line coach at Georgia Southern … Majoring in business management.